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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Volkswagen Passat steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 222003

(reported on)

Passat

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

A squeaking noise was heard when getting out of the vehicle or when applying pressure to the hood. Vehicle was taken to the dealer, where the tie rods were found to be worn out also, power steering fluid had to be added about every 60 days due to a defect in the rack and pinion.

- Palmetto, GA, USA

problem #5

Apr 182001

Passat

  • miles
While driving and steering could hear a loud noise. Then, had taken vehicle to dealer. Dealer found that rack and pinion was leaking and had to be replaced.

- Richland, WA, USA

problem #4

Sep 182000

Passat

  • miles
Took vehicle to dealer & was informed by mechanic that rack needed to be replaced due to power steering leaking fluid through it. Also rotors were replaced due to excessive wear. Fuel tank had collapsed & was not accepting any fuel.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012000

Passat

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Steering wheel was difficult to turn, and it was making a loud grinding noise. Took to dealer, and they are going to replace rack and pinion steering.

- New Providence, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jun 062000

(reported on)

Passat

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Rack and pinion steering failed due to a defective steering column. Also power steering pump failed, cause unknown.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #1

Apr 042000

Passat

  • miles
Car leaks power steering fluid. VW told me I need a new steering rack at a cost of $681.

- Clinton, MA, USA

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